Canberra International Music Festival

The Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF), held annually in May, has achieved a national reputation for presenting an art music program which is both highly innovative and of exceptional quality. While the festival’s early focus was on chamber music and it remains true to its core, the program has broadened to include classical, jazz, contemporary and world music.

“Momentous events and cataclysmic changes form the backdrop to the 2017 Festival. Over eleven exhilarating days, see and hear how the great milestones in our history provide the context for over two dozen musical experiences. From amidst Canberra’s most iconic buildings we look out onto a world of music: Mozart and Shostakovich both receiving special attention, but also Bach, Handel, indigenous artists and composers such as Robert Davidson, Elena Kats-Chernin and Andrew Ford. Most importantly, we bring the world to Canberra in the form of renowned performers such Canadian Brass, Israeli clarinetist Orit Orbach, two dynamic string quartets from France and Venezuela who both make their first appearance in Australia, musicians from China, America and more.”

The CIMF team are working hard to bring you another brilliant festival in 2017.

When: 27 April – 7 May, 2017

  • 'Wagner and the Grail,' Canberra International Music Festival 2013. Photo by Peter Hislop.
  • 'Sounding Murdoch,' performance at Gorman Arts Centre. Canberra International Music Festival 2013. Photo by Peter Hislop.
  • 'Lifting the Spirit,' with William Barton and Taik Oz. Canberra International Music Festival 2013. Photo by Peter Hislop.
  • Canberra International Music Festival 2013. Photo by Peter Hislop.